• Bay State Animal Cooperative

     

    A Safe, Loving, No Kill Shelter for Animals.

     

  • About BSAC

    Our mission is to practice a no-kill philosophy while providing humane resources and services aimed at reducing animal overpopulation and unnecessary suffering for companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.

    We work cooperatively with other humane organizations, local municipalities and the community to develop and implement programs including but not limited to: low-cost spay/neuter assistance, low-cost medical care, trap-neuter-return (TNR), community outreach programs and events, sheltering and adoption, mobile medical, adoption and education services, fundraising events, and a sanctuary.

    We are funded by donations and operate entirely by volunteers.

    BSAC is a 501(c)3 charitable/non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

     

  • Donate Now

    Your tax-deductible gift to the Bay State Animal Cooperative helps ensure animals in distress receive the care they need, as well as a chance to be adopted into a caring home.

     

    We gratefully accept any amount. If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc. and mail to:

    Bay State Animal Cooperative, Inc.
    47 Windsor Road
    Norwood, MA 02062

  • Board of Directors

    Marcia Motta

    Founder and President

    I founded the Bay State Animal Cooperative, a 501(c)3 animal rescue organization in 2009 and proudly serve as the volunteer President, foster caregiver, treasurer and trapper. As an animal advocate since childhood, I am proud to stand by other passionate volunteers and directors that help mold this organization. I have supported a no-kill philosophy since I can remember and it is the back-bone of my everyday life with animals.

     

    Animal rescue, advocacy, support and welfare has been my destiny and I have actively pursued this passion since the early 1980’s. Though it all began in 1964 in a small town in NH where I raised with an array of rodents, rabbits, dogs, reptiles and great “human” family support.

     

    I currently share my home with my husband, teenage son, his adopted cat, Zeus our dog and many long and short-term foster cats. I have two grown independent daughters who both share their lives with adopted cats.

     

    I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emmanuel College. I have completed many animal science and veterinary technician courses with the goal to become a certified veterinary technician. Additionally, I have held many roles over the years involving animals including; TNR specialist, executive director of another no-kill rescue group, member of the mass animal coalition, partnering with animal control officers, rescues, businesses and schools to educate and assist with feline rescue and adoption.

     

    As a professional pet sitter and dog walker I feel lucky to be able to share every day with animals while assisting their owners. I also work part-time remotely for the world's largest online destination for care. The coordination of many past and present part-time professions has allowed me to rescue, care for, adopt and spay/neuter thousands of felines over the past 20 years of my life while experiencing many memories with my friends and family.

     

    Though life is hectic and a bit overwhelming at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Rita Crowell

    Vice President

    I am a retired high school Science Department Director with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters degree. I taught for 30 years and have had various volunteer experiences throughout that time.

     

    My experience with BSAC has grown by stages. BSAC was the group that I first encountered as a result of kitten visitors in my yard. I needed help and BSAC had suggestions and advice. After a short time, my interest in cats, the attitude of the public towards cats, and how I could help to make the lives of cats and kittens better sent me in a new direction. Educating individuals to help themselves and the cats in their neighborhoods are important to me. BSAC provided the framework for my interests and a way to move forward to provide that help. The goals of the organization are core values that I can support. As a result I became the BSAC shelter manager at a place where myself, and many volunteers would house and care for cats and kittens that were waiting for forever homes.

    I am an ardent supporter of animal rights using various internet petition sites, including paid memberships to many animal support groups

     

    My present position at BSAC is vice president. I perform various volunteer functions in the group:

     

    Maintain the pictures and bios on Petfinder of our available cats and kittens

    Track of all trapping equipment (including pickup and delivery)

    • Perform TNR (trap, neuter, return) in the community and track colony locations
    • Provide temporary foster care for many cats and kittens that are transitioning to foster or adoptive homes
    • Build and maintain shelters and feeding stations for feral cat colonies
    • Transport cats to doctor appointments, spay/neuter
    • Post pictures and biographies of our cats in a flyer that is
    • distributed to vet offices and clinics and pet stores
    • Process adoption applications, when added help is needed

    MIchelle Taranto

    Director

    I am the volunteer coordinator with the Bay State Animal Cooperative and could not be happier with my choice of volunteer work. I was first introduced to Bay State approximately 18 years ago when I was looking for a companion for my adult cat. I was introduced to a friendly feral cat named Cinnamon, and while my family thought my cat was too attached to me to share his home, it could not have been a better fit. They were best friends, and Cinnamon is still with me today at 20 years old!

     

    I started out volunteering with fundraising and administration and was happy to expand my services to volunteer coordinator and working with the cats within our adoption center. I am proud to be a member of BSAC not only because of their no-kill philosophy, but also with its dedication to providing valuable resources to reduce animal overpopulation, assisting pet owners who would otherwise have not humane alternative and educating young and old about rescuing and caring for animals. I also attracted to BSAC as the organization takes in special needs and older cats and will care for them until the exact fit if found...as long as it take. There is no better feeling than finding the purrfect forever home for our beloved felines and brightening the lives of their new families.

     

    I currently have three cats, all adopted through BSAC. I am a Realtor with Keller Williams and love the fact that I not only help find homes for people but for cats who, without BSAC, might not benefit from a second chance to be part of a loving family.

    Holly Rand

    Director

    As the Foster Coordinator for Bay State Animals, I coordinate foster care for kittens, pregnant mom's, feral cats, surrenders and all other animals that the organization takes in. I became involved with the organization after adopting a severely abused cat (New Kitty-as my boys have sweetly named her) in the Spring of 2013. Bay State took her in and gave her the medical care that she desperately needed. I am grateful to say that she is a wonderful addition to our home that includes two other resident rescue kitties and a hamster.

     

    One year after adopting New Kitty, we took in a foster Mom who gave birth to 8 beautiful and healthy kittens. It was a wonderful experience for my family and the the entire crew was adopted out of our foster home.

     

    The dedication of this group of volunteers tor reduce animal overpopulation, support feral colonies and care for animals that are often neglected for medical or behavioral issues inspired me to become more involved. I joined the Board of Directors and assist with various duties include Volunteer Drives, Adoption events. Fundraising and helping transition cats to the permanent homes.

     

    I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and work full time as a Physician Assistant in Cardiology. I am a mother of two precocious boys that enjoy helping with the amazing group of kitties that have come through our home.

    Robin Morgan

    Director

    I am the Director of Social Media at BSAC, and work with BSAC to continue to practice a no-kill philosophy while providing humane resources and services aimed at reducing animal overpopulation and unnecessary suffering for companion, stray, relinquished and feral animals.

     

    I began volunteering at Bay State Animal Cooperative in 2012 out of a great love for animals. I have two cats, Luna and Linus, who are 5 year old siblings. Linus is completely blind and has a muscular-skeletal disorder that limits his range of movement. I believe adopting them made me to want to give back more and led me to BSAC .I started as a volunteer cleaning cages and socializing the cats in the shelter and then became an adoption counselor and foster mother for cats and kittens in need of a temporary home. When the BSAC website needed a complete redesign, I volunteered to do the work. I now maintain the website and the BSAC Facebook page. I am the mother of two girls and work fulltime. I hold a Bachelor of Science in English Literature and am a Certified Agile Project Management Consultant.

  • Adoption

    Thank you for your interest in applying for a new pet. Please know that priority will be given to applications less than an hour from our corporate address as we reserve the right to visit our adopted pets at any time. Additionally, we support adopting close to home where you can get follow up support for the animal you adopt. If you reside a long distance from us, we encourage you to seek your local resources and opt not to apply through Bay State Animal Cooperative but if you still choose to apply understand we may not be able to accept your application.

    You can apply online here or download our Adoption Application in Word Format.

     

    You can visit any of our cats by appointment to see them in their foster homes. Please note this can only be done by making an appointment so that we may have one of our volunteers assist you. For an appointment, contact us via email at info@baystateanimals.org.

    Please.....

    Bring all members of your household.

    Try not to get attached to a particular cat. Our adoption counselors are trained to work with you to find the best match for your household.

    When submitting an adoption application, include information about your past and current pets, veterinarian, your housing situation, etc.

  • Meet Our Cats

    Featured Cats for Adoption

    Applications can be downloaded here

    Sophie

    About Sophie

    Sophie has the best purr. At a year old, she has already raised her kittens and is looking for a home. She loves to sit beside you and walk around your feet. Sophie combo tested negative and is up to date with her shots. Do you have a place on your home for a dilute torti who likes to talk and loves attention from her people.

    Ginger

    About Ginger

    Ginger is seeking a foster placement until she finds her forever home. She was being bullied by the original family cat in her home and her family could no longer keep the two cats separate. The family felt surrendering her to a “no-kill” rescue was the best option.
    Ginger is a low maintenance cat and has a funny way of talking. We found temporary foster but she deserves more. Do you fit this bill? It’s so rewarding to be there for our elderly cats when they need us most.

    Jingles

    About Jingles

    Jingles is an absolutely beautiful, green-eyed tortoiseshell cat. Sometimes she has the adorable habit of having her tongue sticking out. This girl is best suited for an only cat home. Then she can get the attention she so loves. Jingles will be a great pet for someone who will sit with her on a couch and getting her head rubbed. Please consider this pretty girl for your forever home.
     

    Thorax

    About Thorax

    Thorax is a handsome, two and a half year old domestic shorthair cat. He is a playful, lovable and cuddly boy that enjoys human rubs. Thorax likes to think he is a hunter dashing after wand toys as he interacts with new people. This boy needs a forever home.

    Max

    About Max

    Meet Max as he has now been named. He is an adult Tom cat recently neutered and is a seeking a home who will let him adjust to living with humans as it seems it may have been a while since he was not defending his life outdoors. He was lingering outside a cat friendly persons home, night and day and was finally been taken inside. No one has reported him as missing in the local areas. He’s a tough guy but surely appreciates being inside and getting his food delivered to him. He is ready to meet potential new homes NOW!

    Mittens

    About Mittens

    Mitten’s true past is a bit mysterious but regardless BSAC’s affiliate group the Brockton Cat Coalition (BCC) was called when she was found under a porch with kittens. BCC rescued her and her 3 kittens and they are all now safe in a loving foster home.
    She is petite and was malnourished when rescued. She is welcoming a regular meal and the love that comes with it. Mittens loves attention and cuddles! She co-existed with other cats outside (who we have also assisted) and now lives in a foster who has a dog (no direct contact at this time however). Consider meeting and adopting Mittens.

    Polka Dot

    About Polka Dot

    Polka Dot is a very handsome cat believed to be 6. Polka Dot has had a difficult life. Sadly, he was left on the streets and it is believed that at one point he was hit. He has resided at PURR for over a year and has become more social. He recently purred and we were elated! Polka Dot also recently played for the first time with a laser. Polka Dot enjoys catnip and really would do well in a home where his owner has lots of patience and love. He is a wonderful cat, he just needs a special "hooman" that is sensitive to his needs and patient with him.

    Oreo

    About Oreo

    Oreo is a very sweet 4 year old Tuxedo. She can be a bit shy and anxious at times. But, as she becomes more comfortable with you, she is very much open to petting and often will seek out snuggling on your lap. Oreo probably would do best in a home with no other animals. She can be playful. She has a favorite toy at the cafe she enjoys, as well as playing with a laser.

    Annie

    About Annie

    Annie is a very large beautiful shy kitty who was rescued from a life outside. She appeared to have living outside all her life but seemed quite young. We assume her first heat led to her pregnancy in the spring of 2018. Her kittens were adopted once they were ready and since she was quite loveable in her recovery cage we opted to give her a chance for s human family. Annie hid in her foster home though she made random appearances. She was caught basking in the sun and lounging on cat bed periodically. She opted not to mingle directly with the foster family but was a welcomed, polite, welcomed guest. The family was busy, dogs, cats, adult kids etc. Maybe a quieter home will bring out her true colors. Beautiful colors is surely what she has. Very gentle and loves a good petting when you can get to her.
    Consider Annie and take the challenge of getting her to open up to you. Not suggesting her for a family with young children. Letting her be herself is required to obtain her trust!
    Annie is a closet snacker and needs her diet observed.

    Lynn

    About Lynn

    Lynn is a smaller version of her friend Rozzy. Beautiful black, brown, tan Tiger kitty. They were left together abandoned. Though Lynn is a bit more reserved she is very sweet and enjoys life with humans. It’s assumed she would be ok with other cats as she has been with others since her entry into foster care. Lynn is gentle and would love a forever home where she will NEVER be left behind again. Meet her at the PURR Cat Cafe.
     

    Rozzy

    About Rozzy

    Rozzy and her house mate Lynn, were left alone in an apartment not suitable for animals, let alone humans. The owner left them without any care. Luckily, an animal friendly caring soul entered to renovate the property and found them. Bay State Animal Cooperative was contacted. We responded and removed Rozzy. She settled into foster care quickly. She came out of her shell and appreciated a new clean comfy space with fresh food, water and a clean litter. She’s a large kitty with a big heart! Meet her at the PURR Cat Cafe.
     

  • Volunteer

    WHAT WE NEED:

    • Foster Parenting

    • Adoption Counselors (we will train you)

    • Animal Transport- to and from vet appointments

    • Fund-Raising coordinator

    • Administrative Assistant
    • Pick up and transport of donated food-

    • in your car or truck (mileage is tax-deductible!)

    • Grant Writers

    • and more...new ideas are always welcome!

    Please fill out a volunteer application form on-line.

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